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Rehabbing Justin Haley faced one over the minimum in 5.0 scoreless innings and the Rochester Red Wings beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4-1 Friday in Allentown in the first of two “Color Rush” series games between the teams this season.
Haley (1-0) allowed three hits but induced two double plays. He struck out two to earn his first win in 16 appearances across four levels. Haley has not pitched in the majors since May 28 with right shoulder soreness.
The Red Wings (50-40) struck first in the 3rd inning as Bengie Gonzalez singled with one out and later scored on a wild pitch against Zach Eflin (1-2). Edgar Corcino collected his first hit as a Wing in the 5th, a triple, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez to give Rochester a 2-0 advantage.
The IronPigs (56-36) struggled to get anything going against Haley, who needed just 65 pitches to navigate through 16 batters.
Anothers rehabber from Minnesota, Craig Breslow, fired a perfect 6th inning in relief of Haley.
Colton Murray took over for Eflin in the 7th and the Red Wings were able to tack on two unearned runs in the frame. Matt Hague doubled, ByungHo Park was hit by a pitch and J.B. Shuck bunted for a base hit to load the bases with nobody out. Corcino then hit a chopper to first base but Rhys Hoskins, attempting to field and throw home, let the ball roll into right. Two runs scored on the play to extend the lead to 4-0.
Lehigh Valley would not go quietly in the 9th. The first batters reached against Jake Reed before a double play off the bat of J.P. Crawford. Jorge Alfaro broke up the shutout with a single to right and Dylan Cozens followed with a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Reed then struck out Hoskins on three pitches to end the game.